Having pecs that can bounce a berry off them or being the the highest paid actor of all time in Forbes’ 20-year history should be enough for every movie you make to be a success. Right? While he might been known as The MOST Electrifying Man In Sports-Entertainment/all of entertainment, and his earnings almost doubled in the last year with him reaching $124 million not all of his movies come out of the gates hitting expected revenues.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in the movie Skyscraper and it debuted in theaters on July 13th, pulling in $24.9 million on more than 3,700 screens domestically (in Canada and the United States).
As the star of the movie and guy who gets the biggest cheque, in many ways the film’s success is on his shoulders. Some may say he is the leader of the film, this is something Dwayne tends to do with any project or business endeavor where he is involved. Being a good leader is never an easy thing to do and takes more than simply slapping the label “President” on a business cards regardless of whether you are an agency or or brand. We have talked about leadership before her on PR In Canada, and we shared results from a survey about women in leadership.
While the opening weekend was a bust for Skyscraper, it grew to become the highest-grossing movie in the world over its second weekend with a global box-office take of $85 million. So what was the difference? Skyscraper opened in China over the weekend and was the top movie. Over the last few years Johnson has invested time building his brand in other markets across the world. He has taken time to ensure that all stakeholders, consumers, businesses and media to get a chance to know who he is, and this is obviously paying off as the box office numbers clearly show.
Dwayne Johnson has become a champion at communication, it start off in his days as a wrestler with the WWE where he mastered the mic, came up with catch phrases that have helped to solidify his brand. As communicators we all can certainly learn a few key ways how Johnson has become a master at communication.
The Rock is extremely active on social media, but more than just posting pictures of his “Hollywood lifestyle,” he actually engages with fans in a way that does it create levels of superiority but commonality. He does not talk at people or use vague words about growth, instead he is all about engagement. Taking a look at Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson social presence here are a few posts that stand out.
- He is great at using his Twitter to share messages, while some use it to brag (without backing up), Dwayne owns his ups and downs in life. He is not afraid to be completely honest:
Got tons of responses to this. Thank you. We all go thru the sludge/shit and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 2, 2018
- He understands how to treat people and make them feel special, just ask Kate:
I absolutely love everything about this. Including this lovely young lady, Katie. Unfortunately, I’ll be shooting my next film on 5/5, but I have a personal video response I will tweet you later on today. Stay tuned Katie ❤️ https://t.co/I4xdy0EP70
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 15, 2018
- Everyone has ups and downs, The Rock is not afraid to share the struggles he has had along his journey.
In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be. #UCanAchieveAnything
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 14, 2011
- From his wrestling days he was referred to as “The People’s Champ” – the crowds loved him, and he loved the crowds – there was always a cheering section and his actions in the ring earned their cheers
- Leaders lead, inside and outside the office, sometimes that “office” will be 1 am in your truck after long day on the job, but he still manages to be the authentic person regardless of the time of day:
And don’t ever interrupt me again Google maps. Wrapped a 16hr work day and dog tired. As I’m loading up my truck, my security says “there’s a guy up there by railroad tracks who’s been waiting for the past 3 nights about 8hrs a night. You’re finally gonna see when you drive by. How would you like to handle it? The only way I know how. ? I’m a grateful and lucky SOB to have the greatest fans in the world. Good to meet ya @champexcellent! #1am #ThatsAWrap #SKYSCRAPER #TrainTrackBlues
Regardless of your role within the organization you have a personal brand – you don’t have to be the top person to have a good brand, but you can active great but being Authentic, Accountable, and Actionable will help.